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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle - A Comprehensive Guide

Published: April 16th, 2021     
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle - A Comprehensive Guide
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721

The Author

Andy Evans is a full-time author who has contributed to several magazines including Aircraft Illustrated, Air World International and Military Magazine. His previous books include BAe/McDonnell Douglas Harrier [Crowood 1998].

The Publication Contents

Glossary

Here the author begins with a page of terms associated with the F-15. Many are familiar, while other are new to me.

Introduction

The intro pages are essentially a recap of the F-15 features, series, weapons and brief combat history.

Chapter 1 Flight of the Eagle

This chapter reviews the developmental history of the F-15 beginning with the F-X (Flighter-Experimental) Project. Several in-flight images of the First F-15A model and included. It was interesting to note the F-15 project included no prototype aircraft: The F-15 was ordered off the drawing board.

A26B Invader Pacific Theater

Published: April 12th, 2021     
A26B Invader Pacific Theater
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson - IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

Brief History

The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) is an American twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft. Built by Douglas Aircaft Company during World War II, the Invader also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts. A limited number of highly modified United Sates Air Force aircraft served in Southeast Aisa until 1969. It was a fast aircraft capable of carrying a large bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft.

A re-designation of the type from A-26 to B-26 led to confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder which first flew in November 1940, some 20 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight. Although both types were powered by the widely used Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder, double-row radial engine, they were completely different and separate designs - the Martin bomber originated in 1939, with more than twice as many Marauders (nearly 5,300) produced in comparison to the Douglas design.

F-104G/J, CF-104 Landing Gear

Published: April 8th, 2021     
F-104G/J, CF-104 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Scale: 1:72

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that has been marketing resin and white metal parts for scale model aircraft for over 20 years. They endeavor to be accurate in their moldings, claiming to correct inaccuracies if found. I have bought about a half dozen of their metal landing gear sets in the past, all of which have turned out to be excellent replacements for the plastic kit parts.

SAC's two-piece landing gear set #72180 is labeled for the '60s vintage 1/72-scale Hasegawa F-104G/J, CF-104 kit but I find that the set matches the more recent 1990-issued F-104G/S landing gear as well. A comparison photo of the metal SAC main gear with the F-104G/S gear is shown herewith.

A-26C Invader

Published: April 6th, 2021     
A-26C Invader
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hobby Boss

The A-26 is a lesser known twin engine bomber from World War II which got its ancestry from the A-20 Havoc. After World War II it was re-designated B-26 and also served in Korea. At first glance Hobby Boss's 1/32 scale A-26C Invader is impressive.

The kit is molded in light gray plastic, with crystal clear transparencies and rubber tires. There are decals for two options, a night black Invader and a natural metal one. All parts were nicely wrapped in plastic but on my sample, the trim control wheel was badly damaged.

A-26B Invader Landing Gear Set

Published: April 6th, 2021     
A-26B Invader Landing Gear Set
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32

The SAC replacement gear seems to be an exact replica of the parts from the Hobby Boss A-26 Invader kit. The metal is soft but easy to clean and file. The set consists of main gear, nose gear, and nose wheel well. I decided to use the nose gear and its well to help balance the model since I have never tolerated tail sitters.

The nose gear well needs a little filing to fit. Even after adding more weight, the airplane barely stood on its nose, so I am glad I used it. I don't believe you could get enough weight in the nose without it. The SAC set claims it weighs 42 grams and the kit recommends 150 grams, so the builder has to make up the 108 gram difference.

After finishing the model, because of its weight I might've been better off using the metal main gear also.

I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this accessory.

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